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Kate Sparks

What’s your job?

Re­tail, manag­ing Val­ley Life Vin­tage and Home­wares store nes­tled in Ovens on the Junc­tion to Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. What brought you to this role?

My par­ents owned an an­tique shop in Bright many moons ago. Hav­ing been a cer­ti­fied in­te­rior de­signer at RMIT and working in real es­tate, my pas­sion for in­te­ri­ors drew me nat­u­rally to this role. What do you love about it?

I love the peo­ple and the sto­ries of their vin­tage wares. I love be­ing on the road and never quite know­ing who I am to meet and what their col­lec­tion will be. What do you do in the community?

We oc­ca­sion­ally do­nate our time look­ing af­ter the chil­dren of the Burmese adult learn­ing class stu­dents who are taught by my mother, Vicki Sparks, in Bright.

What’s the most sig­nif­i­cant cur­rent community is­sue for you?

Trans­port for our lo­cal and broader community I think is im­por­tant. Myrtle­ford doc­tor James Wei and his wife Denise are do­ing a fab­u­lous job cre­at­ing an op­por­tu­nity for our res­i­dents with the Alpine Taxi trial.

What do you think the community could do to help dur­ing the trial?

Sim­ply get be­hind our new taxi ser­vice, take ad­van­tage of it, in the an­tic­i­pa­tion that the trial moves to a per­ma­nent ser­vice for the val­ley. My fa­ther is one of three driv­ers and I’m proud he is in­volved in the ini­tia­tive.

If the person you’d most like to meet came to Alpine Shire, or was al­ready here, who would that be and what would you show them?

The younger Gary Ablett. I’m a mad Gee­long sup­porter, but I know he would have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the area, as it was his fa­ther’s old stomp­ing ground. I would take him to our lo­cal vine­yards, Myrtle­ford foot­ball oval, Lake Buf­falo and of course Mount Buf­falo.

Why would you show them those things?

We have a huge se­lec­tion of vine­yards with ex­cep­tional lo­cally-pro­duced food, why not have a kick-to-kick with my son, a leg­endary player, and get the community in­volved at the Myrtle­ford club.

Lake Buf­falo is a fan­tas­tic spot to en­joy through the sum­mer pe­riod and Mt Buf­falo has the best rock for­ma­tions that just take your breath away. What book are you read­ing? I am cur­rently read­ing ‘Big Lit­tle Lies’, by Liane Mo­ri­arty.

What do you love about liv­ing where you do?

I en­joy the sea­sons of this beau­ti­ful val­ley – it re­ally puts on a mag­nif­i­cent show. My son and I make full use of the bike track and love the fresh lo­cal pro­duce that’s on of­fer. The friend­li­ness of the peo­ple re­ally makes this place home.

LOVES LIFE: Kate Sparks and son Finn Lind­say-Field love the beauty of the Ovens Val­ley, its di­verse fresh pro­duce and Mur­ray to Moun­tains Rail Trail.

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